The Hollywood Reporter
September 19, 2013

Rosie O'Donnell is heading to ABC Family's The Fosters.

The cable network announced Tuesday that the comedian-actress will recur on the second half of the family drama's freshman season. O'Donnell, who is a foster and adoptive mother, will play Rita Hendricks, a tough yet compassionate woman who works for the foster care system and becomes a mentor to a member of the Foster family.

She'll appear in three episodes when the second half of the show's freshman season returns in January. Production will resume in October.